Alloa Railway

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Alloa Railway
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 1879 (1879)
Successor British Railways
Alloa Railway
Up arrow Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Alloa(Alloa Railway)
Alloa West Junction
Longcarse Junction
Down arrow Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
Alloa Swing Bridge
Bandeath Military Base
South Alloa(SCR)
Dunmore Junction
Down arrow
South Alloa Branch
(Scottish Central Railway)

The Alloa Railway was authorised on 11 August 1879 to link the South Alloa Branch of the Scottish Central Railway to the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway.


The Alloa railway was connected to the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway by a connecting line from Longcarse Junction built by the North British Railway in exchange for reciprocal running powers.

British Railways added a second connection from Longcarse Junction to Alloa Marshalling Yard (parallel with the S&D line) in 1957. This made the turntable at Alloa passenger station redundant.

Alloa Swing Bridge[edit]

The Alloa Swing Bridge across the Forth was opened on 1 October 1885.[1] It was subsequently closed twice due to storm damage in 1904/5 and 1920/1.


  • 29 January 1968 - Closed to passengers
  • 6 May 1968 - Alloa Swing Bridge totally closed
  • 18 May 1970 - remaining northerly section totally closed
  • 8 February 1971 - Alloa Swing Bridge demolished
  • 1 April 1978 - remaining southerly section totally closed

Connections to other lines[edit]


  1. ^ "OS 25 inch, 1892-1905". National Library of Scotland. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2017.